Newcastle United's pre-season got off to a shaky start as they suffered a 2-1 loss to Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park last week, however, the Magpies bounced back in New Zealand earlier today, Tuesday, having trounced Sydney FC by a 4-0 score.
Goals arrived from Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Adam Armstrong yet, despite the big win, the event was marked more by a tribute to two Newcastle fans - John Alder and Liam Sweeney - who lost their lives on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
Manager Alan Pardew and defender Fabricio Coloccini laid wreaths on two seats dedicated to the fans, a minute's silence was observed and on the backs of training shirts there was even a message - "In memory of John and Liam."
With the strong performance, underlined by the goal-scoring exploits of summer recruits, the club now travel from the Forsyth Barr Stadium to the Westpac Stadium - also in New Zealand - in order to take on Wellington Phoenix, whom they face on Saturday, July 26.
The Premier League club then return to England for a July 30 match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, ahead of four further friendlies in the space of eight days in early August.